The Partnership for Science and Technology (PST) has completed its initial in-depth review of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) proposed for Southeast Idaho. This Utah Association of Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) project aims to demonstrate the viability of developing Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to assist in mitigating the anticipated loss of aging coal plants in 2025. PST’s review was based on currently available information on the CFPP and SMRs, and with additional consideration given to Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations governing the design, safe operating requirements and environmental considerations of new commercial nuclear reactors.
As a result of this extensive review, the PST’s position is that the SMR technology holds clear promise for cleanly and safely addressing the long-term base load energy needs in the region, and that the proposed CFPP should be supported by the state and affected communities.
There is a significant amount of additional detailed information that will be developed and provided in the future to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the general public as a part of the NuScale design application and the UAMPS construction and operating license application. The PST will continue to review as this additional information becomes available, and will provide future updates on CFPP’s progress on adequately addressing safety, environmental and economic issues.
For additional information concerning the PST’s analysis leading to this conclusion, please refer to the Executive Summary and Frequently Asked Questions prepared by the PST’s SMR review committee found here.